Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks gestures as he looks at Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

NBA Schedule: Knicks, Celtics Headline Christmas Day Lineup

The NBA officially announced its Christmas Day schedule Friday, and the New York Knicks -- as expected -- will host the Boston Celtics at 12 p.m. on TNT. The rematch of last year's playoffs will open the NBA schedule.

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NBA Preseason Schedule 2011: Knicks, Nets Will Meet Twice

The NBA has announced that all teams will play a two-game exhibition schedule prior to the abbreviated regular season opening on Christmas Day. In a treat for regional hoop fans, the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets will face each other in a home-and-home series that will comprise the preseason schedule for both teams.

The first game will be played Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. ET at the Prudential Center in Newark. The rematch will be held Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden.

Training camps are set to open Dec. 9.

The Knicks open the regular season Christmas Day against the Boston Celtics.

The Knicks are led by Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. The Nets, in their final season before moving to Brooklyn, are led by Deron Williams.

— See Posting and Toasting for more about the Knicks. See NetsDaily for complete discussion and analysis of the Nets.

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